School Direct courses are hybrid versions of initial teacher training. You'll do some of your training at the University (Curriculum area specialism studies) and some of your training in school (Whole School Issues studies at your School Direct hub).
The calendar for the School Direct programme is slightly different to the Core University programme, to enable School Direct trainees to be at their School Hub more often. However, you are still assessed in exactly the same way as any University of York trainee:
(i) QTS is assessed in your two placement schools;
(ii) PGCE academic award is assessed through your academic assignments.
At the University of York, we work with several School Direct providers:
Each School Direct course has its own manager in the school hub, who works with us at the University to ensure that you progress through your PGCE studies and placement work. In some School Direct courses, you may also be given a School Direct Professional Mentor to offer you extra support in your training year.
It is normal for the School Direct Manager to be involved in the selection process at application stage (as well as a university tutor), and you will be interviewed at the school hub for this reason.
Our School Direct partners often offer school experience days for any interested applicant prior to applying.
You can apply for the core course and/or any of our School Direct courses at the same time through UCAS Teaching Training. If you are successful in completing your School Direct PGCE course, it will be awarded by the University of York.